Simrad EK60 Scientific echo sounder
Software installation procedure
This page describes
how to install the Simrad ER60 scientific echo sounder software on
a Simrad EK60 or Simrad EY60 scientific echo sounder system.
- If you wish to install the ER60 application on a new computer,
you can proceed directly to the software installation
However, to make the new computer operational as
soon as possible, you will need to record the user and installation
settings on the old computer as outlined in Preparations
- If you do not want to install the ER60 application, but still
wish to use the new version of the TrList.ini file, proceed
"TrList.ini" installation instructions.
Read this important information before you install
the new software version!
Installation of version
2.4.0 of the Simrad ER60 echo sounder application will overwrite the
old software version.
The installation will also delete all
existing user and installation settings. These settings include
transceiver and transducer parameters as well as the interface definitions
you have made. Make sure that you write down all these parameters
before you start installation.
Start you existing ER60 application.
Go through each menu, and open every dialog box that contains
parameters related to:
- transceiver and transducer settings
- communication with external sensors and peripherals
- users and passwords
- raw data export and storage
Write down the all relevant parameters.
Once you have recorded the installation and communication settings,
close down the ER60 application.
If you wish to keep the existing TrList.ini transducer
parameters file, locate it to make a backup copy.
file contains the transducer parameters obtained during calibration
as well as fixed parameters for each transducer. By default, the file
is located in the following directory on the Windows XP computer:
you wish to keep the old TrList.ini file you will loose the
latest updates that have been made to it. This includes modified power
settings and new transducers.
Remove the ER60 application from your computer using the relevant
tools provided by the operating system.
Software installation procedure
you are upgrading your echo sounder installation, read the previous
section Preparations carefully. When all
necessary preparations have been completed you can begin software
installation according to the procedure below.
- Download the software from the Simrad
- Unpack the installation file. If applicable, copy the files to
a suitable media.
(If you have downloaded the ISO file, you must burn
it on a CD using the “burn image to disc” feature in your
- Observe the Remarks.
- Insert the software media, and use the Windows Explorer application
to browse through the folders on the media.
In the Setup folder, start the file setup.exe.
This will start the installation of the echo sounder applications.
By default, the software will be installed in the following folders:
- Windows XP and 32-bit Windows 7: C:\Program
- 64-bit Windows 7: C:\Program Files
- When the program installation is finished you can start the echo
sounder application by clicking the icon on the desktop.
- Set up the user and installation parameters according to your
- Unless you are using your old TrList.ini file, you must
calibrate the echo sounder system before you use it for scientific
Folders for program data
The default folders for program
data are changed. The new folders are:
Windows XP: C:\Documents and
Settings\All Users\Application Data\Simrad\ER60
Windows 7: C:\ProgramData\Simrad\ER60
The C:\ProgramData folder is normally invisible
in Windows 7. In order to open this folder, you must enable “Show
hidden files, folders and drives”.
Program data folder in Windows 7
folder is normally invisible in Windows 7. In order to open this
folder, you must enable “Show hidden files, folders and drives”.
(Use Organize → Folder and search options →
View → Show hidden files, folders and drives.)
Default folder for File Output in Windows 7
Windows 7, the default folder for file output data is located on the C:\ProgramData
folder structure. You must either enable the view of this folder
structure, or choose another folder in the File Output dialog
Default folder for “TrList.ini” in Windows 7
In Windows 7, the default folder for the “TrList.ini”
file is located on the C:\ProgramData folder structure. You
can find it in the ConfigSettings folder.
The Simrad BI60 post-processing application
is no longer supported. The BI60 software is thus not included as
a part of the EK60 application. The BI60 software is however available
in the old EK60 sofware release (v2.2.1). Note that this software
does not support Windows 7.
Windows service packs
Installation of the ER60
application on Windows 2000 requires Windows 2000 Service Pack
4 (SP4). For Windows XP users we recommend that service pack
SP2 (or later) is installed.
For new installations, use Windows
Some of the first releases of the
Simrad APC10 processor units have an outdated version of the display
driver for any of the Matrox Millenium G4xx display adapters.
To check the display adapter type and driver version, observe the
following procedure for Windows XP:
- Use the Display component in Windows Control Panel and
select the Settings tab.
- Click the Advanced button and choose the Adapter tab.
- Click the Properties button in the Adapter Type section.
- Choose the Driver tab and click the Driver Details button
to display driver details.
If you have a Matrox Millenium G4xx display adapter
the file version should be 5.12.01.1520 or newer for ER60 to
The EK60 applications require
that the display has been configured to use more than 256 colors.
Use the Display Properties dialog box in Windows to set colours
to True Colors.
Raw data recording will require a lot
of hard disk space. We recommend the you provide your computer with
sufficient secondary hard drives for raw data storage.